Sky Broadband – Observing The Sky http://www.observingthesky.org/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 07:13:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://www.observingthesky.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/observing-the-sky-icon-150x150.png Sky Broadband – Observing The Sky http://www.observingthesky.org/ 32 32 Millions will face a huge broadband price hike tomorrow – check your bill now https://www.observingthesky.org/millions-will-face-a-huge-broadband-price-hike-tomorrow-check-your-bill-now/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 07:09:46 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/millions-will-face-a-huge-broadband-price-hike-tomorrow-check-your-bill-now/

Now could be the perfect time for millions of UK households to check their broadband contracts. As you’re probably well aware, Black Friday starts tomorrow, November 25, with most of the UK’s biggest internet service providers slashing prices in a bid to lure customers into their latest money-saving deals. The same thing happens every November and that means some broadband users may find that their current Black Friday deals are suddenly coming to an end.

Almost all ISPs require new customers to sign up for two-year deals, and anyone who signed up for a new contract during the 2020 Black Friday sales could be in for a pretty bad bill shock. Once an initial offer ends, prices automatically increase and some increases can be quite substantial.

For example, Virgin Media currently offers fast 300Mbps broadband for just £27 a month, but as soon as the deal ends it costs rockets to £56 a month – that’s a £29 difference.

Unless you check your monthly levies, it’s easy to miss these huge price hikes and anyone who thinks they signed up for broadband during a previous Black Friday sale would be well advised to see how much they’re paying now.

Luckily, if your deal has expired, plenty of new deals have gone live during this year’s Black Friday sale.

Speaking about the importance of shopping around for a new deal, Catherine Hiley, Telecoms Expert at Uswitch.com, said, “Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping events of the year for retailers and a time when they have some of their best deals. . Savvy shoppers can get a great deal on their broadband, mobile and TV plans, as long as they know what they’re looking for.

“Remember that Black Friday now extends well beyond one day, and you can expect many vendors to offer discounts before November 25. Keep an eye out for deals now and keep an eye out. any price changes in order to be ready to pounce.”

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Update brings more ads to Sky Stream and Glass TV service https://www.observingthesky.org/update-brings-more-ads-to-sky-stream-and-glass-tv-service/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 10:28:00 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/update-brings-more-ads-to-sky-stream-and-glass-tv-service/

Sky UK (Broadband SkySky TV, etc.) have reportedly rolled out a new update for their broadband network sky stream and Sky Glass TV services, which means that customers of the service will now see even more adverts appearing both before the start of on-demand shows and mid-show during breaks.

Both IPTV The services are special in that they allow all of Sky’s live pay-TV channels and on-demand content to be streamed over your existing broadband connection, without you needing to install a Satellite plate. But it also puts them in competition with a different segment of the market – premium streaming services, where the use of ads to generate additional revenue is less common.

However, Sky customers are already familiar with ad breaks and indeed their sky stream and Sky Glass products have had them since launch. But according to cord breakers, adverts on Sky’s native on-demand content were only visible before shows and movies started – and even then they were pretty minimal. The recent update apparently changes this by adding commercial breaks, with some on-demand shows/movies now taking commercial breaks multiple times per hour.

Customers can partially solve this inconvenience by paying an extra £5 per month for Skip Sky’s announcement service (if you took their Sky Ultimate TV subscription then this was included free of charge for the first 18 months of service). But it just gives you the option to’fast forward‘ (up to x30 speed) via ads, rather than removing them completely.

A Sky spokesperson told ISPreview.co.uk:

“Since the launch of Sky Glass, we have gradually rolled out the ability to display ads on Sky’s on-demand content, just as we do on Sky Q, and most customers on sky stream and Sky Glass should now see them.

For customers with Sky’s Ad Skipping Pack, you can fast forward ads to get to the TV you love, faster across Sky Channels, ITV Hub, STV Player and All 4 – it doesn’t remove ads from content.

This move is likely to annoy customers and as we said earlier is in stark contrast to the many other premium streaming services where ads are either not used or only used to help deliver a subscription plan. cheaper. On the other hand, if you’re familiar with Sky’s old linear TV services, this isn’t a drastic change.

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Vodafone TV has received another reprieve as the wait for new material from Sky TV drags on.

Last January, Vodafone NZ announced that it would be shutting down its Vodafone TV service – which

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Sky Sports will no longer broadcast IShowSpeed ​​after misogynistic comments emerge https://www.observingthesky.org/sky-sports-will-no-longer-broadcast-ishowspeed-after-misogynistic-comments-emerge/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 19:52:45 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/sky-sports-will-no-longer-broadcast-ishowspeed-after-misogynistic-comments-emerge/

Sky Sports will no longer be collaborating with YouTuber ‘IShowSpeed’ in the future after his previous misogynistic comments emerged online.

‘Speed’, real name Darren Watkins Jr, was present for both Manchester Unitedlast week’s matches, at Old Trafford for their 3-1 loss to AstonVilla in the Carabao Cup on Thursday as well as the 2-1 victory against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Sunday. He has 10.5 million TikTok followers, 5.4 million Instagram followers and 13.1 million YouTube subscribers.

During the Carabao Cup match, Sky Sports showed a clip of IShowSpeed ​​in the stands. They also posted information about his attendance at the game on their Twitter account.

On Sunday, IShowSpeed ​​appeared on the broadcast of United’s game against Fulham. The streamer appeared in a segment with Sky Sports presenter Geoff Shreeves, where he announced the team news – which did not appear Cristiano Ronaldo, much to Speed’s disappointment. He is also well known for his fandom towards Ronaldo and arrived at both United games last week hoping to see the Portugal international play.

Clips of the segment were posted on Sky Sports’ YouTube and Twitter account, along with other messages about his attendance at the match.

On Monday, however, previous content from IShowSpeed ​​appeared online, where he can be seen making misogynistic and derogatory comments on his streams.

All traces of IShowSpeed ​​have since been removed from social media channels and the Sky Sports website and the broadcaster have decided to cut all ties with him regarding future appearances on their channels.

IShowSpeed ​​is a teenage social media personality, who rose to prominence after streaming a variety of video games including FIFA. In September, he also took part in a charity football match organized by YouTube collective The Sidemen, alongside other internet personalities, which raised over £1million.

IShowSpeed ​​has been contacted for comment.

(Photo: Getty Images)

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Neal O’Rourke new Chief Consumer Officer at Sky Deutschland https://www.observingthesky.org/neal-orourke-new-chief-consumer-officer-at-sky-deutschland/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 22:37:58 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/neal-orourke-new-chief-consumer-officer-at-sky-deutschland/

Neal O’Rourke will expand his responsibilities and become head of Sky Deutschland’s consumer division in addition to his role as managing director of Sky Austria.

As Chief Consumer Officer, Neal O’Rourke, of Irish origin, will be responsible with immediate effect for the overall consumer strategy and its implementation in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This includes customer growth, marketing, product and pricing, and OTT business. He succeeds Kathryn Imrie who, after a total of 18 years with Sky, has decided to leave the company for family reasons and return to the UK.

At the same time, Michael Radelsberger, Vice President Commercial of Sky Austria, will expand his current role and support the Austrian business locally as Deputy Managing Director. He will continue to report to O’Rourke.

“I am proud that we have been able to fill the positions with talented and highly regarded executives from our own ranks, who bring the perfect blend of long-standing expertise and strong leadership qualities. This ensures a smooth transition for our business and puts us in the best position to continue to grow and strengthen our brand,” said Devesh Raj, CEO of Sky Deutschland.

O’Rourke served as managing director of Sky Austria since January 2020. Previously, he was Director of Finance and Strategy for Sky Ireland, responsible for growing the business, working closely with the management teams in Ireland and the UK.

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Comcast Names Michael Slovin Vice President and General Manager of Comcast Smart Solutions https://www.observingthesky.org/comcast-names-michael-slovin-vice-president-and-general-manager-of-comcast-smart-solutions/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 14:00:00 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/comcast-names-michael-slovin-vice-president-and-general-manager-of-comcast-smart-solutions/

Industry veteran to lead Comcast’s all-new business offering, seeking to bridge the gap between technology and empowerment for communities of all kinds

PHILADELPHIA CREAM, November 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Comcast named Michael Slovenian as vice president and general manager of Comcast Smart Solutions. In this new role, he will oversee the integration of by Comcast advanced connectivity options with leading smart technology partners to enable the delivery of world-class smart technology solutions to customers. Slovenian will remain based in the company philadelphia cream the head office.

Building on its current Comcast Business, Xfinity Communities, and MachineQ offerings, Comcast Smart Solutions helps customers create scalable smart technology ecosystems by providing connectivity and consulting services, and matching customers with strategic collaborators who provide smart technology offerings, including but not limited to building solutions, video analytics, lighting and parking. The new commercial division officially launched in April 2022. Slovin brings to this new role a track record of innovation within Comcast coupled with deep industry experience.

“We are thrilled to have Mike lead the Comcast Smart Solutions team,” said Tim Collins, SVP of Broadband Strategic Expansion and Smart Solutions. “Mike has a deep understanding of the industry and the benefits that innovative solutions can bring to our customers, helping to make their communities more efficient and sustainable.”

“Leading our Smart Solutions division is a great opportunity to keep Comcast at the forefront of the connectivity space,” said Slovin. “I’m excited to have the chance to help our customers realize the benefits of smart technologies.”

A veteran of the telecommunications industry, Slovin has spent the past 15 years in leadership roles at Comcast. His roles have included leading the National Accounts and Direct Sales Channels of Xfinity Communities and most recently as Vice President of National Field Sales, managing the teams that transform individual multi-family properties into smart, connected communities, supporting millions of residents. Prior to Comcast, Slovin held various leadership positions at Sprint, Winstar and MCI Communications (now Verizon Communications).

About Comcast Corporation:

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people in the moments that matter. We are primarily focused on connectivity, aggregation and streaming with 57 million customer relationships across United States and Europe. We provide broadband, wireless and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business and Sky brands; create, distribute and broadcast premier entertainment, sports and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, multiple cable networks, Peacock, NBCUniversal News Group, NBC Sports, Sky News and Sky Sports; and provide memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts at United States and Asia. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

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U.S. Congressman James E. Clyburn, State Representative Shedron Williams, State Senator Margie Bright Matthews and Comcast announce completion of $8.3 million broadband network expansion in Hampton County, South Carolina https://www.observingthesky.org/u-s-congressman-james-e-clyburn-state-representative-shedron-williams-state-senator-margie-bright-matthews-and-comcast-announce-completion-of-8-3-million-broadband-network-expansion-in-hampton-co/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/u-s-congressman-james-e-clyburn-state-representative-shedron-williams-state-senator-margie-bright-matthews-and-comcast-announce-completion-of-8-3-million-broadband-network-expansion-in-hampton-co/

Hampton County is the first community in South Carolina to be connected by Comcast thanks to the company’s public-private partnership with the state

HAMPTON, South Carolina, November 04, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–U.S. Congressman James E. Clyburn, South Carolina State Rep. Shedron Williams, South Carolina State Senator Margie Bright Matthews, Comcast officials and state leaders and locals today announced the completion of an $8.3 million broadband expansion in Hampton County. The expansion will bring a host of new services, including reliable and secure high-speed Internet access, to 2,150 homes and businesses.

Hampton County is the first community in South Carolina to benefit from this public-private partnership between Comcast and the state, highlighting the importance of expanded digital access.

“Throughout South Carolina, public and private funds are working together to make high-speed Internet both accessible and affordable for everyone,” said US Congressman James E. Clyburn. “I appreciate Comcast’s efforts to bring broadband services to more families and businesses in Hampton County, which will undoubtedly promote meaningful access to health care, education and prosperity. economy in the future.

Eligible residents will also have access to the federal government’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which provides eligible low-income households with a credit of up to $30 per month to cover the cost of internet and mobile services. Comcast makes ACP credits available for all of the company’s Xfinity Internet speed tiers, including Internet Essentials.

“Christmas came two months early for our students this year,” said Hampton County School District Superintendent Dr. Ronald Wilcox. “Today’s announcement is an important milestone for residents and businesses in our community. Comcast’s investment ensures that we will have access to the most advanced technology available, which will help students in Hampton County and their families to excel like never before. This will help our county grow, laying the foundation for business owners who need faster internet and want to live in Hampton County.”

“We appreciate our tremendous partners with the State of South Carolina, including the state’s Department of Commerce, for their support in making today’s announcement a reality,” said Jason Gumbs, vice- regional president of Comcast. “While Hampton County is the first community in the state we are reaching with our broadband network through this partnership, we are strongly focused on connecting more residents and businesses and on the importance of digital equity in the future.”

Today’s announcement supports Project UP, Comcast’s global initiative to advance digital equity and build a future of unlimited possibility. Backed by a billion dollars commitment to reach millions of people, Project UP encompasses community programs and partnerships from Comcast, NBCUniversal and Sky that connect people to the internet, advance economic mobility and open doors for the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, storytellers and creators.

Comcast representatives will be on hand to assist families wishing to enroll in the Internet Essentials or Affordable Connectivity programs.

About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people in the moments that matter. We are primarily focused on broadband, aggregation and streaming with over 56 million customer relationships in the US and Europe. We provide broadband, wireless and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business and Sky brands; create, distribute and broadcast premier entertainment, sports and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, Peacock, NBC News, NBC Sports, Sky News and Sky Sports ; and deliver memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

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Banker Oleg Tinkov twice renounced Russian citizenship over Ukraine after saying first Instagram post ‘mysteriously disappeared’ | world news https://www.observingthesky.org/banker-oleg-tinkov-twice-renounced-russian-citizenship-over-ukraine-after-saying-first-instagram-post-mysteriously-disappeared-world-news/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 14:56:36 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/banker-oleg-tinkov-twice-renounced-russian-citizenship-over-ukraine-after-saying-first-instagram-post-mysteriously-disappeared-world-news/

Entrepreneur Oleg Tinkov has renounced his Russian nationality, saying he does not want to be associated with “fascism” or people who collaborate with “killers”.

The 54-year-old Tinkoff Bank founder wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday: “I have decided to renounce my Russian citizenship after Russia invaded independence. Ukraine. I am against this war and the killing of peaceful people.”

He said in the post that he was “reiterating” his decision after his original post “mysteriously disappeared”.

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Sota Vision, an independent Russian outlet, tweeted an image of Mr Tinkov’s certificate showing the end of his Russian citizenship, along with his original Instagram post in which he attacked the leadership of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Looks like Putin’s trolls somehow got on Insta, my post disappeared,” Mr Tinkov said in his new post.

“I am against this war and the killing of civilians.”

He also said he was suing to force the bank to stop using his name.

“My name should not be associated with fascism,” he said. “I hate when my brand/name is associated with the bank that collaborates with killers and blood.”

The bank said it had full legal rights to use the Tinkoff brand, TASS news agency reported.

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Mr Tinkov, whose new digital credit card company TCS Group Holding has become one of Russia’s largest financial institutions, is one of several Russian oligarchs closely linked to Mr Putin sanctioned by the UK government in March .

The banker, who is believed to reside in London, is said to have had his jets seized after they were deregistered by the Isle of Man.

In the months that followed, he was an outspoken critic of the war and President Cheese fries.

In April, he wrote in a post on his Instagram account that “90% of Russians are against” the “crazy” war, calling its supporters “morons”.

He was forced to sell his 35% stake in TCS, the parent company of Tinkoff Bank, to Russian metals tycoon Vladimir Potanin, following a series of anti-war comments.

The tycoon, who compared himself to British billionaire Richard Branson and was worth nearly $10 billion at his peak, launched electronics, frozen food and beer brands before founding Tinkoff Bank in the mid-2000s.

He says he no longer has any business interests in Russia.

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In October, Russian-Israeli billionaire Yuri Milner said he had renounced his Russian citizenship.

“My family and I left Russia for good in 2014, after Russia annexed Crimea,” the founder of internet investment firm DST Global said in a tweet.

“And this summer we officially completed the process of renouncing our Russian citizenship.”

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BT’s Openreach seeks to reduce the cost of wholesale broadband https://www.observingthesky.org/bts-openreach-seeks-to-reduce-the-cost-of-wholesale-broadband/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 10:01:00 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/bts-openreach-seeks-to-reduce-the-cost-of-wholesale-broadband/

BT’s networking division Openreach is seeking to slash its broadband prices to attract new customers and secure big customers like Vodafone, TalkTalk and Sky as rivals lay full fiber cables across the UK United.

The incumbent network operator, part of the BT Group, has met with some of its largest corporate customers to suggest a number of changes to its tariff structure that would make its offer more attractive and help them switch customers from copper to full fiber, according to two people. who attended the meetings.

Openreach makes money by selling its broadband wholesale to internet service providers, including its parent group BT.

For many years its only rival was Virgin, which also had its own network, but more recently nearly a hundred smaller alternative networks – or “altnets” – emerged with the aim of laying fiber as quickly as possible to attract customers frustrated with their existing service.

“BT faces the biggest competitive threat in its history, so a plan to cut wholesale prices again could well be a sign of desperation on the incumbent’s part to flex its fiber muscles and lock in internet service providers looking elsewhere,” said a competitor who saw the outline of the new pricing proposals.

Openreach’s proposal, dubbed “Equinox 2”, would be the second time the group has decided to cut its wholesale pricing structure in the space of two years. The first, announced in July last year, was challenged by the recent merger of Virgin Media O2 and the UK’s largest altnet, CityFibre, who both told the regulator the move was uncompetitive . CityFibre without success tried to block the move with the Competition Appeal Tribunal.

Equinox 1 offered a fixed price for 10 years and lower prices for Openreach full fiber products if broadband vendors committed to stop selling legacy copper products and met certain fiber sales targets.

The latest proposed price changes, seen by the Financial Times, include reducing the amount Openreach charges companies like Sky on an ongoing basis for network usage, decreasing the share of revenue per customer that goes to Openreach and reducing the amount it charges for migration. customers from copper lines to fiber lines between £30 and £37.

Openreach plans to formally notify the industry in December, when companies can consult with Ofcom, the regulator, for 90 days, ahead of an expected start date in April.

The changes have so far been warmly welcomed by some Openreach customers, according to people briefed on the talks.

“First of all, it was about building. Now it’s about connecting customers well,” said Katie Milligan, managing director of customer, commerce and propositions at Openreach, in response to questions from FT about the proposed new pricing. “That’s of course up for discussion . . . invariably things will change once we have [companies’] feedback.”

The decision to reduce fees for migrant customers comes after TalkTalk published research last month which found that a quarter of the people of the UK are likely to have even slower connections on older copper networks by 2030 due to reluctance to switch providers, in part because of cost.

Openreach has responded to the altnet threat by stepping up its build efforts, spend £12bn to reach 25m homes by the end of 2026. Meanwhile, Virgin Media O2 is looking to upgrade its network to fiber by 2028 and has formed a new joint venture between its owners, Telefónica and Liberty Global, as well as the Infravia infrastructure fund, to lay fiber up to 7 minutes from new premises.

Industry insiders recognize that for a company’s business model to be economically viable, it will need to capture around 40% of customers in the places it digs, either by directly selling broadband contracts to consumers or by wholesale to internet service providers.

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SKY-HERO and AARDVARK Announce World’s First NDAA Compliant Indoor sUAS Platform https://www.observingthesky.org/sky-hero-and-aardvark-announce-worlds-first-ndaa-compliant-indoor-suas-platform/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 21:23:36 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/sky-hero-and-aardvark-announce-worlds-first-ndaa-compliant-indoor-suas-platform/

AARDVARK and Sky-Hero are pleased to announce the release of the world’s first NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) compliant indoor tactical sUAS, LOKI Mk2US. The Mk2US is designed to comply with the rigorous standards set forth in the NDAA and the Department of Defense’s recent blacklisting of certain Chinese-made drone parts and technologies.

In response, Sky-Hero, the world’s leading manufacturer of indoor tactical robotics, redesigned and outfitted the LOKI Mk2 to eliminate all covered Chinese components and replace them with European or American items.

Speaking about this new drone, Yves Coppye, CEO of Sky-Hero, said:

“Many of our major users around the world have asked us to ensure that all major components are built by NATO countries. After two years of work, we are happy to announce that we have re-engineered and re-engineered these components and localized US or European sources for them.

Jon Becker, CEO of AARDVARK echoed this saying:

“We are extremely excited to see Sky-Hero release an NDAA-compliant version of LOKI. Although there are a number of products on the market that claim to be American, in reality the vast majority of drones are simply built with parts made in China and at best assembled in the United States. LOKI Mk2US has always been manufactured by NATO allies and now every component covered by the NDAA will be too.

The LOKI Mk2US will begin shipping in the first quarter of 2023. LOKI Mk2 is sold exclusively in North America by AARDVARK. Visit LOKI.AARDVARKTactical.com to learn more.

About AARDVARK: Founded in 1987, AARDVARK is a leading manufacturer, distributor and system integrator of products to protect tactical operators in local, state, federal and military units. AARDVARK is headquartered in La Verne, California.

About SKY-HERO: Founded in 2013, Sky-Hero is a dynamic, flexible and fast-growing company specializing in drones and robotics and located in Brussels. With a target market in civil security, their customers range from police special forces to international security companies, mountain rescue teams and firefighters.

About LOKI-Mk2 – LOKI Mk2 is a robust and specially designed sUAS to serve as a scout for close-in, confined space and indoor missions. LOKI Mk2 requires no internet service, no GPS, no phone or tablet connection, and has no forced software updates, making it mission capable in seconds from virtually anywhere. LOKI Mk2 works in almost any lighting condition, transitioning smoothly from bright sunlight to total darkness.

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